Genetic rescue, restoration and adaptation
Grant number: DP160100661 | Funding period: 2016 - 2019
This project aims to evaluate a promising but rarely used method of population recovery by genetically rescuing populations of two threatened Australian mammals: the mountain pygmy possum and the eastern barred bandicoot. Despite our best efforts to curb biodiversity loss, extinction rates are increasing and Australia is expected to lose a substantial proportion of its unique endemic fauna over the next 20–50 years. By tracking the phenotypic and underlying genomic changes that occur when a population undergoes a genetic rescue, the project aims to create data of interest to conservation biology.
Related publications (2)
Genetic rescue increases fitness and aids rapid recovery of an endangered marsupial population
Andrew R Weeks, Dean Heinze, Louise Perrin, Jakub Stoklosa, Ary A Hoffmann, Anthony van Rooyen, Tom Kelly, Ian Mansergh
Genetic rescue has now been attempted in several threatened species, but the contribution of genetics per se to any increase in po..
Conservation of genetic uniqueness of populations may increase extinction likelihood of endangered species: the case of Australian mammals
Andrew R Weeks, Jakub Stoklosa, Ary A Hoffmann
BACKGROUND: As increasingly fragmented and isolated populations of threatened species become subjected to climate change, invasive..